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History & Aims

The Corpus Christianorum Library & Knowledge Centre


The Sint-Annaconvent in the beguinage of Turnhout houses a specialized research library and repository, with over 25,000 books and current journal subscriptions, for the study primarily of Christian texts from the Patristic period (AD 150-750) and the Middle Ages (AD 750-1500) transmitted in Latin, but also in Greek or in Eastern languages (Syriac, Arabic, Georgian, Armenian).

It is also a knowledge centre, where the Corpus Christianorum editorial team oversees and facilitates the editing of texts and studies on the basis of modern critical research into this cultural heritage, and the Centre ‘Traditio Litterarum Occidentalium’ (CTLO) provides a centre for computer-assisted research into Latin language and literature.

Accomodation: meeting rooms, guestrooms, exhibition space.

The CCBK (the acronym of the centre’s name in Dutch, Corpus Christianorum - Bibliotheek & Kenniscentrum) aims to be a lively place of support for those with interests and specialisms in the field, but also a repository where its collection can be cherished and made available to future generations.

Here is a presentation of CCBK, broadcasted by the local television station StadsTV Turnhout on 28 September 2009:
The presentation can also be found here


The library and photographic collection are housed on the ground floor of the Sint-Annaconvent. Part is on open access in the reading room. The rest of the collection can be requested from the stacks and consulted in the reading room.

The library is not a lending library.

The library holds more than 25,000 monographs (including over 550 early printed books and precious books), 250 journals with current subscriptions, and various specialized databases. It contains works on Patristics, the Bible, spirituality, theology and philosophy, Church history and monastic movement, medieval history, manuscript catalogues and book history, ecdotics and philology.

There is also an extensive photographic collection with reproductions of over a thousand manuscripts (on microfilm, photographic prints and digital files).

Furthermore, the archive of the Corpus Christianorum is housed here.

Access: Registered visitors and those interested can visit the centre by appointment.

Knowledge Centre

Corpus Christianorum editorial team

New editions in the CC series are commissioned and facilitated by the CC editorial team employed by the publisher.

Since 1997 new Latin editions have benefited from the advice of an interuniversity board of academic specialists chaired by Rita Beyers, in succession to Fernand Bossier († 2006), the first director after Dom Dekkers.

For the other branches of Patristic and Christian literature comparable research groups and institutions are called upon: Association pour l'étude de la littérature apocryphe chrétienne (Lausanne), Centre d'études sur Grégoire de Nazianze (Louvain-la-Neuve), Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes (Paris), Institute for Early Christian and Byzantine Studies (Leuven), Scriptores Celtigenae (Dublin), Raimundus-Lullus-Institut (Freiburg), Ruusbroecgenootschap (Antwerpen).

These editions are of great importance for the study of the historical, religious, linguistic, cultural and social significance of this spiritual heritage for the Low Countries, Europe, and throughout the wider world where they have had an impact.

Centre ‘Traditio Litterarum Occidentalium’ (CTLO)

This is a centre for computer-assisted research into Latin language and literature from Antiquity to the present day and works under the scholarly direction of Paul Tombeur.

The CTLO has built a world-wide reputation in the field of ‘instrumenta studiorum’, indispensable scholarly tools for those studying Latin texts.

Since 2001 CTLO has continued in Turnhout the activities on Latin originally begun by Cetedoc (founded and developed by the Université catholique de Louvain). Since 2008 it is housed in the ‘Corpus Christianorum Library and Knowledge Centre’.



'Subiaco' and 'Studion': two fine guestrooms for visiting researchers.

Meeting rooms:

  • a seminar room (seats 12)
  • the reading room, which can be converted into a lecture hall (seats 40)
  • multimedia facilities
  • a small exhibition space
Priority will be given to CC authors with a current contract.
Accommodation and facilities should be booked in advance. Please contact

vzw CCBK asbl

To manage and develop the library and achieve the centre’s goals a non-profit organization has been founded, vzw CCBK. This body manages the collections that the library owns or has in loan.

Membership of the non-profit association brings the benefits of free access to the library and facilities.
vzw CCBK would be glad to accept your support!

You can help:

  • by giving specialized works on loan or as gifts to vzw CCBK.
  • by lending a helping hand in the management and access to the library, the photographic collection and the archive.
  • by becoming a member or making a donation.

Full address details

CORPVS CHRISTIANORVM - Bibliotheek & Kenniscentrum
Begijnhof 39
2300 Turnhout (Belgium)

Tel. +32 (0)14 711050

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